Iowa State University's Agriculture Experiment Station is Iowa's only public agricultural research program. It represents a portfolio of diverse people, places and programs working on science for the good of Iowa and the betterment of agriculture.
Increased support for the Agriculture Experiment Station is among the top priorities of the university this legislative session. Here's why:
It's vital research infrastructure for meeting the needs of Iowa's most important industry. Experiment Station-supported scientists are working to strengthen animal agriculture through more efficient production and management; develop more effective practices to conserve soils and enhance water quality; and provide new insights resulting in safe, nutritious foods.
It's research for today and tomorrow. Short-term research meets immediate problems and opportunities. Basic research sets the table for future discoveries. The Experiment Station also makes possible the education of students mentored by leading scientists and the science-based information made available every day statewide through extension and outreach.
It supports economic development. The Experiment Station is a critical asset for a state economy increasingly dependent on innovation, knowledge and technological advancement. In 2010 alone, ISU's agricultural scientists worked with over 300 Iowa businesses.
Did you know? Economic studies at Iowa State, Yale and other universities find that the rate of return to society from publicly funded agricultural research is 50% or higher - benefits measured in safe, affordable foods, a cleaner environment, more productive agricultural systems, resilient communities - and the training of future scientists to continue progress.
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